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Old 16-11-2009, 05:43 PM   #16
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5 Stars
Good things: Has some of Muse's best tracks, and the whole album is so fluent when played in full.
Bad things:Some tracks don't work as well on their own as when they're played in album order.
Best tracks: Map of the Problematique, City of Delusion, Knights of Cydonia
Worst tracks: Soldier's Poem, Invincible
Favourite moment: The intro of MotP
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Old 16-11-2009, 05:49 PM   #17
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Good things: showed a turning point in Muse, experimental, the album as a whole just generally works beautifully.
Best tracks: Knights, SMBH, MOTP, City of Delusion
Favourite Moment: end guitar riff of KOC
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Old 16-11-2009, 05:50 PM   #18
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4/5 Maybe the most commercial Muse album! (not in a negative way)

Good things about the album: A very charismatic album. Very epic,energetic album but less emotions . A lot of very dancing jumping songs! I like to listen in bad days or to wake up!
Bad things about the album: Less emotions ,
Best track: Invincible so great!!! one of their best song
Worst track: Soldier's Poem I can't bear that song but i tried to love it
Favourite moment : I like how they started and ended the album! The first track with Take a bow: a furious song so powerful i like it when Starlight follows. And the wonderful ending with Knights of Cydonia which close the album. Because you just want to listen to it again and again with KOC
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Old 16-11-2009, 05:51 PM   #19
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4 stars

Good bits: Very brave album and their most progressive to date. The album has a nice flow to it.
Bad bits: Not the best production and the album has a bit of a lull in the middle in my opinion.
Best Song: Take a Bow
Worst Song: Soldier's Poem
Favourite Moment: Ending riff in Knights of Cydonia
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Old 16-11-2009, 05:54 PM   #20
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Favourite Song: KOC/ Take a Bow

Worst Song: Exo Politics
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Old 16-11-2009, 06:10 PM   #21
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I have to say that although I don't think this album is as good as the earlier ones, it has a number of songs which are amazing live!

Best Songs: Supermassive Black Hole, Knights of Cydonia, and Glorious if I can count that!
Worst song: City of Delusion (although I still like it!)

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Old 16-11-2009, 10:22 PM   #22
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It's a bit rubbish, really.

2.5, possibly 3
Best: Ummm KoC or CoD... Soldier's Poem?
Worst: Starlight, SMBH, Invincible
Best Moments:
-We bleed the same
-You think you deserve your freedom?

If they'd kept the long version of Assassin and improved Exo-Politics the album would be quite a bit better.
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Old 17-11-2009, 05:46 AM   #23
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4 stars

Good things about the album:
Very different to their previous albums. Explores new sounds (eg, Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole) and genres.

Bad things about the album:
It doesn't flow very well and seems like a random collection of songs. The transition between Take a Bow and Starlight is particularly bad. Probably their least cohesive album.

Worst track
Exo-Politics

Best tracks
Knights of Cydonia, Hoodoo, Map of the Problematique, Invincible, Supermassive Black Hole, Take a Bow..
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Favourite moments
First few minutes of Knights of Cydonia, "Tied to a railway", the epicness that is Take a Bow, the intro and chorus of Map of the Problematique, chorus of Starlight, drum fills in Assassin.
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Old 17-11-2009, 06:51 AM   #24
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3 stars.

its meh. i mean compared to the other albums that is...

i think i worked it out. it's still an epic album, and i love it, but really its not their best... it was a completely new direction for them, and its what brought us to the resistance...
but really it doesn't quite stand up to the resistance...

it was sorta all everywhere, they hadnt mastered that sort of style they were going for COMPLETELY yet... and it was WAY too overproduced... they said it themselves

(now i feel bad for insulting them )
don't get me wrong, some of my favourite songs are on that album (MotP, Invincible, lol can't resist it), and there are really amazing song like CoD, and SMBH was just so different and sexy and awesome, there's no real songs i HATE on the album....

starlight and stuff, its all really beautiful and i love it, but i think it was scraping the barrel where muse are concerned. and take a bow, whilst it has that great epic sound, the lyrics are kinda (I LOVE YOU MUSE!) crap. sorry, but they really aren't muse's best. I think thats sorta how the album went throughout most of it. epic sound, kinda simple/ not-as-good-as-other-muse-songs lyrics.
STILL LOVE IT, i mean come one it MYOOZE! but, i can admit that they HAVE done better... and the resistance is much better, but you couldnt have that without BHaR before it.

wow. long pst much? [/rant]
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Old 17-11-2009, 10:52 AM   #25
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For me, BHAR was some of their most creative work as Musicians. TAB, MOTP, COD. As an album, it just didn't come together for me. I think if you're going to dive into this new creative area the stregnth of the work is going to show compared previous polished work, a lot of these new ideas suffered where traditional songs shined.

Unfortunately a lot of songs in their didn't work for me. Knights is just one big Riff, it works great live, but it is a silly song, Supermassive was their first attempt at doing something slightly different, it just wasn't polished enough for me. Starlight, the sooner I forget that song the better. Yes it's their first attempt at an upbeat song but just screams commercial friendly track. It's nothing risky, it bores me.

One of the things I like about Absolution the most is that it takes you on a journey, the entire album flows from start to finish, it just works and there are no real weak songs on the album. BHAR couldnt be more from that, their is very little that takes you from one song to another.

It's in these respects that Resitance is a much stronger album than BHAR. The new idea's such as Undisclosed and Exogenesis are far stronger better finished pieces of work perhaps from this transition to these new ideas.

Fortunately a lot of these weaker songs have developed over time, even Supermassive has more presence live, but on the album, they struggle to really make their imapct.

It's for these reasons I can only give it a 3.
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Old 17-11-2009, 12:49 PM   #26
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Best track: Tie between Hoodoo and Take a bow
Worst track: Soldier's Poem. Doesn't fit at all IMO
Favourite moment: You will burn in hell for your sins
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Old 17-11-2009, 09:29 PM   #27
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So. About a month ago, I would probably have rated this a 3 at most. It took me a loooooong time to like this album. I used to constantly skip Soldier's Poem, Invincible, Assassin (couldn't stand it!), Exo-Politics and City of Delusion, which is pretty much half the album. I guess I just didn't like these at the first listen, and then just compulsively skipped them until I convinced myself that this album was just completely rubbish. Oh, how wrong was I. I found my BH&R cd in my car a few weeks ago and decided to give it another try after all this time. Oh god. Now I just can't stop listening to it, I swear! I can't believe I missed on all the awesomeness in BH&R for so long! Definitely my second favorite album after OoS.

Best: Hoodoo, MotP.
Worst: Starlight, Soldier's Poem (although I still like it on its own).

Favorite Moments:

Take a Bow: The short pause before the drums kick in. (1:38-1:42)
Supermassive Black Hole: The fact that it makes me wanna dance everytime I hear it!
MotP: ''Well I refuse to let you go'' and the whole song is bloody fantastic.
Soldier's Poem: "Let's lose ourselves" and the backing vocals.
Invincible: "And whatever they say, your soul's unbreakable".
Exo-Politics: "Secrets locked up and loaded oooon my back".
City of Delusion: "I will avenge!" and the trumpet.
Hoodoo: I love everything about it: the lyrics, the singing, the piano, the DRUMMING. Awww. I could go on and on and on about this song.
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Old 17-11-2009, 11:30 PM   #28
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Good things about the album
Very powerful core of tracks, not too samey when compared with previous Muse records and also succesfuly explores a few new directions.

Bad things about the album
Feels overproduced on some tracks, some tracks feel to cluttered and the vocals don't sound as emotional as on previous albums. The wrong mix of Assassin was also chosen.

Best track
Map of the Problematique, Hoodoo and Knights of Cydonia

Worst track
Soldier's Poem

Favourite moment
When Knights of Cydonia explodes out of Hoodoo's backside and also Map of the Problematique's riffs have an impressive sound.

4/5 was the rating. It just doesn't feel as powerful both sonically and emotionally as previous Muse albums. It still boasts some good songs and some exciting sounds but it's just needs a bit more oomph and a bit more emotion. Has more power than The Resistance, but less emotion.
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Old 18-11-2009, 01:22 AM   #29
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Awesome album, not my favorite but still worthy of 5 stars from me.

Best: Map of the Problematique, Assasin, City of Delusion, Exo-Politics, Hoodoo, KoC

Weakest: Soldier's Poem
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Old 18-11-2009, 12:16 PM   #30
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3/5 - I feel this is a bit harsh, but I need to distinguish it from Absolution and Resistance which I gave 4/5 (and OOS which I gave 5/5 to. Obviously!)

Good things about the album: It showed Muse experimenting and produced some of the best tracks they've ever recorded. And after Absolution it gave a much needed splash of colour (if that makes any sense!).

Bad things about the album: It also managed to produce some of the blandest and most clichéd songs Muse have ever written (while before Muse had been anything but clichéd). And even some good tracks like Assassin were butchered into blandness.

Best tracks: Supermasive Black Hole, Map Of The Problematique, Knights Of Cydonia

Worst tracks: Invincible, Starlight, Exo-Politics

Favourite moment: When the distortion kicks in on MOTP. And the first ever pre-release radio play of SMBH.
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